Community participation in conservation

Last week, I featured in this column the recent finding of the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. (PhilBio) on the increasing population of the Visayan tarictic hornbill in Negros Island. This development came after the past five years of annual



We now have over 200 COVID-19 positives in the province, including Bacolod, and it is inevitable that figures will continue to rise in the coming days from test backlogs and the resumption of travel for LSIs starting today. As announced, there will be one flight a day and a boatload come Wednesday.


What the quarantine exposes

In a sense, we have to be thankful for this quarantine time since it actually can act like a reagent that would expose to us the stuff we are made of and of what and how we are making out


No strikes for ABS-CBN

No strikes. Just “OUT” immediately. I don’t know why the thought of baseball just came to my mind when I learned that Congress never gave second thoughts, or another chance at bat, before declaring ABS-CBN out of the game. Of course nobody questioned the referee, they all know who his own coaches must be. Some of my own colleagues have expressed apprehensions at what could also happen to our own fellow practitioners who may dare step on tender toes, but I always console myself with what the late Msgr. Antonio Fortich used to tell us: “They won’t bother with you, you are only mosquitoes”.



It would seem that government officials are running out of ideas and are now turning to instilling fear among the people of the country to ensure compliance with health protocols against COVID-19. Instead of focusing on more diligent and humane enforcement with heavier fines, they resort to the threat of imprisonment as a penalty for quarantine violators.


Brgys given P15M

Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson turned over checks to barangays of Negros Occidental yesterday, totaling P15 million to fund their projects, a press release from the Capitol said.


Cops nab 4 drug suspects

Four more drug suspects were apprehended by the police in separate buy-bust operations on Wednesday and Thursday in Negros Occidental that also yielded more than P27,000 worth of suspected shabu.


CHO gets 1,000 rapid test kits

The Dumaguete City Health Office received about 1,000 Rapid 2019-NCOV test kits recently, that were procured by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to replenish the dwindling stocks of the city’s medical technologists to manage the Covid-19 pandemic.


Body of fisherman found

The body of the fisherman who had been missing since Tuesday was found floating in the waters of Barangay 1 in Ilog town, Negros Occidental, at about 6 a.m. yesterday.

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P65.7M in flood control project completed

The Department of Public Works and Highways has completed the construction of the P65.71-million flood mitigation project in the Ilog-Hilabangan River in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. The DPWH-Western Visayas said in a report Wednesday that the project, undertaken by the

NegOcc Covid situation ‘manageable’

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN Despite the increasing number of Covid-19 active cases, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said yesterday that the situation in the province remains “manageable”. “We can manage, if we strictly follow health protocols,” Lacson said, as

Early curfew, no drinking in public: EO

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III Curfew in Bacolod City is now between 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. while public consumption of liquor is banned. Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, in Executive Order 31 he issued June 6, said exempted from the

Makeup artist shot dead

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III A single gunshot to the head ended the life of a freelance make-up artist while he was in a tricycle parked near the Bacolod City Water District office along Galo Street in Brgy. 12, Bacolod

Indignation rally held on Independence Day

BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III About 150 members of Bagong Alyansang Makabayan and their allied organizations staged an indignation rally in front of the Bacolod Fountain of Justice Saturday to commemorate the 123rd anniversary of Philippine Independence. The group said

Two arrested in drug-bust in parking lot

Two persons were arrested by joint elements of the Special Operations Unit of the Police Regional Office 6, Drug Enforcement Unit, and Police Station 2 in a buy-bust operation at the parking lot of a mall in Bacolod City at